Apr 03 2012

Analogue to Digital TV Switchover in Harrow

You’ve probably seen the advertising in the local papers, or on TV, recently, announcing the end of analogue TV broadcasts in April 2012. So what does this mean to us in Harrow?

Firstly, it’s important to understand that you DON’T need a new TV, and nor do you need to get satellite TV installed. In fact, you may simply need to buy a small – and fairly cheap – decoder box to plug into your TV. Argos currently have one for £18 and they have three more for under £20. Of course, if you want to buy a new TV with a built-in, you can do, but it’s not something you have to do. Likewise, you can get satellite TV installed, but again, you don’t need to.

However, you may find that you need to upgrade your aerial, particularly if you sometimes get interference on your existing TV set today. Digital UK have some good advice on this.

So, let’s assume that you’ve got an aerial that’ll work, and you’ve bought the set-top decoder box. What you’ll do in future is leave your TV tuned into the A/V input (it might be called EXT1, EXT2, SCART, etc), and you’ll change channel using the remote control that came with your new decoder box. Most can be set up to control the TV’s volume, and to turn it off/on as well, so you’ll only have to use one remote control most of the time.

How soon do you have to do all this? Well, in Harrow, the BBC2 analogue service will be switched off on April 4, 2012. And then, on April 18, 2012, the remaining channels will be switched off. If you haven’t got a digital set-top box, digital TV or satellite installed, you won’t be able to want any TV at all. And these dates vary across the country, but by October 24, 2012, they’ll all be switched off.

You’ll probably get more than 40-channels on digital TV, with a good aerial. If your aerial isn’t so good, this may be as low as 15, but it’ll still be more than the five you get today. Also transmitted are a number of radio stations, which you can listen to through your TV.

If you need further help or assistance, call Digital UK on 08456 50 50 50. Or visit their website.

One more point to add: if you already receive digital TV through a Freeview TV or set-top box, you’ll need to carry out a re-tune in April. This takes a few minutes at most, and will ensure you get access to as many channels as possible.


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